hay rack, combo feeder??? What do you use?

jenlynn4

Chillin' with the herd
Joined
Aug 21, 2010
Messages
75
Reaction score
0
Points
34
Location
NW Pennsylvania
I am thinking on what to use for feeding my goats.. We will have just 2 nigerian dwarf girls. I cant find much online so I was wonderring what you all use. (pics would be great!) Any help would be greatly appreciated. :D
 

pdpo222

Ridin' The Range
Joined
Jun 26, 2011
Messages
105
Reaction score
0
Points
54
Location
NE Ohio
I bought hay feeders from Hoggers. I feed grain from stainless bowls since I want to make sure no one gets pushy and I know each one gets their share. I have always fed my goats seperate, even when we had 15 regular dairy goats. I have put small pieces of chain to hook them to while they ate so no one could eat fast and hurry over to a slower eater's bowl. :rolleyes: If they are milking then of course they eat in the milkstand.
 

Straw Hat Kikos

The Kiko Cowboy
Joined
May 18, 2012
Messages
6,110
Reaction score
33
Points
166
Location
North Carolina
I made this as one of my hay feeders. I like it and it doesn't waste too much hay. I used cattle panels (part of them) to hold the hay in. I like it.

6788_june_2012_030.jpg


6788_june_2012_031.jpg


6788_july_2012_040.jpg


6788_july_2012_117.jpg


6788_july_2012_116.jpg
 

Pearce Pastures

Barn Babe
Joined
Jun 14, 2010
Messages
5,315
Reaction score
1,065
Points
383
Location
Hanna, IN
Oh I really like yours! I need to bookmark this so when I have time, I can try to build one like that.
 

SheepGirl

Master of Sheep
Golden Herd Member
Joined
Jul 15, 2011
Messages
3,625
Reaction score
909
Points
343
Location
Frederick, Maryland
jenlynn4 said:
I am thinking on what to use for feeding my goats.. We will have just 2 nigerian dwarf girls. I cant find much online so I was wonderring what you all use. (pics would be great!) Any help would be greatly appreciated. :D
I think for just two goats all you need is one or two rubber feed pans that you get at your feed store (they are seriously indestructible and last forever) plus a hay rack or hay net.

eta: rubber feed pan - http://sheepman.com/ecommerce/ecomm...rodid=1281&source=subcat&catid=33&SubCatID=85
hay rack - http://sheepman.com/ecommerce/ecomm...rodid=1209&source=subcat&catid=33&SubCatID=85
 

Chris

Chillin' with the herd
Joined
Jan 10, 2012
Messages
150
Reaction score
1
Points
39
Location
Ohio
I agree with Sheepgirl, with a few goat all you need are a few feed pans and a small hay rack.

Chris
 

marlowmanor

New Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2011
Messages
3,455
Reaction score
0
Points
0
This is what we made.
http://www.backyardherds.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=20546

It works well. We do need to make a few modifications like cutting a hole in the top so we can just put a bale of hay in it rather than having to stuff hay in through the holes. I want to put something to help hold the hay in better too. The goats don't waste a ton of it but they do waste some.
 

animalmom

Herd Master
Joined
Dec 19, 2009
Messages
1,959
Reaction score
2,233
Points
343
Location
North Central Texas
Catahoula, I get so tickled everytime I see your goat hut. From the inside it looks like a space ship for goats! Of course since the little darlings don't have fingers they have to press all the control buttons with their noses. Since they, by nature, are nosy this is not a problem.

Jenlynn4, we make out hay racks using pieces of cattle panel that were attached to parts of the fencing, at the bracing and if we had to do again I'd do differently as the little buggers do tend to waste alot. I like Straw Hat's design a lot, and the hay rack from Jeffers looks good too. The points to keep in mind are how easy the rack is for the human to fill, and some way of keeping the hay off the ground. It seems if it is off the ground, like on a shelf under the rack, the beasties will eat it. Once on the ground, even for less than 5 seconds, they will distain. Personally I never saw the stain, but I tend to go for the 5 second rule myself.

Good luck with your goaties. Keep us posted as to how you do. We love to encourage.
 

Catahoula

Overrun with beasties
Joined
Jan 5, 2012
Messages
933
Reaction score
15
Points
98
Location
Coal Creek Canyon, CO
animalmom said:
Catahoula, I get so tickled everytime I see your goat hut. From the inside it looks like a space ship for goats! Of course since the little darlings don't have fingers they have to press all the control buttons with their noses. Since they, by nature, are nosy this is not a problem.
Shhhh...they don't know it is a real space ship...and don't know to push any buttons yet.
 
Top